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New England Patriots Propose Four Rules For NFL Annual Meeting


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According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots have proposed four new rules to be discussed at the annual NFL meeting next week in Orlando.

Here are the four proposals: (via Mike Reiss’ twitter account)

  • Raise level of goalposts by five feet.
  • Move extra points back to the 25 yard line.
  • Place cameras on all boundary lines.
  • Allow coaches to challenge every play, save for scoring plays.

I personally think all of these ideas are solid ones, specifically raising the goalposts by five feet. We all remember the 2012 game against the Ravens, where Justin Tucker’s last second field goal attempt sailed over the upright, which made it tough for the officials to make the correct call. Adding five feet of post would resolve issues like this.

I don’t think all of these proposals will be accepted, even though they all make a lot of sense. They would improve the competition of the game, especially moving the extra points back to the 25, because as of right now, those kicks are utterly useless.

We will see what happens. Hopefully Bill Belichick gets his way, and these new rules are put into place.

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